CDC Campaign Warning Of Tick Bites Trigger Social Media Frenzy

CDC Apologizes for Ruining Muffins

CDC Apologizes for Ruining Muffins

Others pointed out that this was a good way to get people's attention and raise awareness of an important issue. On Friday, the agency reminded its followers just how small those the pests can be, tweeting two photos of a poppy seed muffin.

"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed", the CDC wrote. You have a tick. In fact, some of them are actually ticks.

According to the CDC, Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases and in 2016, Vermont had the second highest rate of reported Lyme disease cases in the U.S.

What may have seemed like a clever tweet to warn people about ticks, quickly backfired.

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Some people think that the CDC intentionally chose this weird imagery in order to grab people's attention and get across an important message about ticks.

Instead of the rather dry and boring news release, federal health officials tweeted a photo of a poppy seed muffin and asked users to try and spot five ticks in the picture.

If an infected tick attaches itself to your skin and you notice a circular red rash develop around the bite, it could be an early sign of Lyme disease and you're advised to seek medical help as soon as possible.

The CDC did not immediately reply to INSIDER's request for comment.

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